No, it’s not a typo. In fact, Everett Torres-Kahapea had no idea how many points he was scoring and scoring and scoring in Kailua’s clutch 84-80 overtime victory over Moanalua on Thursday night.
The junior’s 42 points, a career high, was needed in every way by the Surfriders. Their versatile 6-foot-6 junior, Isaiah Hopson, left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Lydell Romero stepped up.
Moanalua kept bringing tough man-to-man defense, changing defenders on Torres-Kahapea.
“My teammates helped create some open shots and found me for easy baskets, also,” Torres-Kapahpea said on Thursday night, shortly after putting up one of the greatest single-game scoring performances in OIA history. “Coach (Walter Marciel) let us run and do our own thing.”
“It frees up a lot more for everyone else,” said Torres-Kahapea, who drilled five 3-pointers.
Trace back through the years, back to even state champions. No one, even player of the year George Puou, scored 42 in a Kailua game.
Torres-Kahapea makes it clear, however, that his remarkable night that was completed by fundamental teamwork.
“Our defense. We stepped up as a team and handled pressure,” he said.